Letter : Cirey, France, to Marie-Louise Mignot, afterwards Denis, Paris, 1737 Dec. 7

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Names
Voltaire (1694-1778) (Author)
Denis, Marie-Louise Mignot (1712-1790) (Correspondent)
Gross, Martin J. (Collector)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1737
Library locations
Rare Book Division
Shelf locator: *KGV 10-250
Topics
Voltaire, 1694-1778
Frederick II, King of Prussia, 1712-1786
Denis, Marie-Louise Mignot, 1712-1790
Du Châtelet, Gabrielle Emilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, marquise, 1706-1749
Champbonin, Louis François Toussaint du Ravet de
Notes
Content : Voltaire, then living at Cirey in the Champagne region with the marquise du Châtelet, proposes that his late sister's elder daughter, the recently orphaned Marie-Louise Mignot, should marry Louis François Toussaint du Ravet de Champbonin, the son of a neighbor; he offers a dowry and help with her establishment. He also denies rumors that he planned to move to Prussia at the invitation of the crown prince, the future King Frederick II, and comments on his relationship with the du Châtelets. Mignot rejected the proposed marriage and married Nicolas-Charles Denis the following February.

Content : In ink; on half-sheet 20 x 32 cm., folded to 4 p., with creases showing further folds for mailing.

Content : Martin J. Gross Collection.

Content : Not in T. Besterman's ed. of Voltaire's correspondence (Voltaire. Works, 1968-, v. 85-135); for letters relating to Mignot's circumstances after her father's death, to the proposed marriage, and to Mignot's visit to Cirey after her marriage to Denis, cf. Besterman D1379, D1396, D1406, D1408, D1411-1412, D1498.

Content: Autograph manuscript of a letter by Voltaire to his niece, Marie-Louise Mignot, afterwards Denis. Dated at head of text: "A Cirey par Vassy en Champagne, 7 Xbre 1737." Signed (p. [4]): V. The letter begins: "Je reçois, ma chere enfant, votre lettre du 1er decembre. Je vais vous parler comme à ma nièce, à ma fille et à mon amie."
Physical Description
Extent: 1 item ([4] p.) ; 20 cm.
Type of Resource
Mixed material
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC : Ocn678591559
UUID: 38060ae0-0034-0130-dd90-58d385a7bc34

Item timeline of events

  • 1694: Creator Born
  • 1737: Created
  • 1778: Creator Died
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2015: Found by you!
  • 2016

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Letter : Cirey, France, to Marie-Louise Mignot, afterwards Denis, Paris, 1737 Dec. 7